The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 8

Mother Simpson (19 Nov. 1995)

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After faking his own death, Homer meets a woman in the cemetery who turns out to be his mother. While he is shocked by her reappearance as he was always told she was dead, she harbors a deep secret.



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Episode credited cast:
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Electrician / Chief Wiggum / Cab Driver (voice)
Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Reverend Lovejoy / Ned Flanders / Records Clerk / Gravedigger / Howard Cosell / Kent Brockman / Post Office Clerk / Joe Friday (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mother Simpson (voice)
Protestor (voice)
Bill Gannon (voice)
Maude Flanders / Protestor (voice)


To get out of cleaning a park as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his "death" brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Comedy





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19 November 1995 (USA)  »

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The writer of this episode, Richard Appel, was married at the time to novelist Mona Simpson (Anywhere but Here; Off Keck Road). Appel needed to give the character of Homer's mother a first name, and he chose his wife's name, Mona, since her last name, Simpson, coincidentally already matched. See more »


Mr. Burns: [in a tanker] I've been waiting 25 years for this moment.
[puts an audio tape in which starts playing Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" but then abruptly changes to ABBA's "Waterloo"]
Waylon Smithers: I'm sorry, sir. I must've taped over that.
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Spoofs Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) See more »


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Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
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Easily the most touching episode in the show's 20 year history
14 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Apart from having some of the most memorable quotes in the show's history ("A little from column A, a little from column B", "Look at those side burns! He looks like a girl!"), this episode is also the most touching and is evidence of just how good this show can be.

Upon faking his death (in an opening scene that is truly a Simpsons classic), Homer ends up meeting his mother, a 1960s radical who went underground after destroying Mr. Burns' germ warfare laboratory. Mother Simpson reconnects with the family, and we learn where Lisa got her smarts and her political leanings.

Joe Friday (voiced by Harry Shearer) and Frank Gannon (voiced by Harry Morgan) track down Mother Simpson (voiced by Glenn Close), but not before a mysterious and anonymous (up until the end) tipster lets the Simpson family know that the feds are on their way to arrest her.

The episode ends in what is arguably the most touching moment ever on the Simpsons: Mother Simpson getting a lift from her old hippie friends and leaving Homer again. As the credits roll, we see a long shot of Homer sitting on the hood of his car in the desert looking up at the stars with very sentimental music playing. Its been 13 years since I first saw this episode, and even today, going back and watching the DVD, I'm still moved to tears at the ending. I also recently read that the producers requested that Fox NOT run commercials over the closing credits due to the emotional nature of the ending, and I have to say that that was a brilliant move on their part.

This would easily make my Top 5 Simpsons episodes of all time. And it just goes to show how good this show can be. You don't find true emotion like this in even a lot of live action shows, let alone an animated one. This one episode makes purchasing the 7th Season Box Set totally worth it.

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